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Industrial Engineering, MS

Industrial Engineering, MS

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Are you seeking to further your career through a highly ranked graduate program in industrial engineering? Consistently ranked among the top 20 graduate programs in the United States, this program is recognized for its high-impact, agile, interdisciplinary, results-oriented research on the most pressing societal needs.

Program description
Degree awarded: MS  Industrial Engineering

The industrial engineering MS program prepares students to provide practical and economically efficient solutions to real-life, complex problems --- solutions that require a system-level approach. Examples of these problems include health delivery, food and energy systems, and those that arise in the strategic planning of manufacturing, logistics operations and service industries. Statistics, optimization, computer simulation and advanced analytics are some of the tools used to address these problems.

The industrial engineering program is immersed in the innovation environment that permeates Arizona State University, and its faculty members are internationally recognized for their innovative research projects funded by both government and industry.

STEM-OPT for international students on F-1 visas

This program may be eligible for an Optional Practical Training extension for up to 24 months. This OPT work authorization term may help international students gain skills and experience in the U.S. Those interested in an OPT extension should review ASU degrees that qualify for the STEM-OPT extension at ASU's International Students and Scholars Center website.

The OPT extension only applies to students on an F-1 visa and does not apply to students completing a degree through ASU Online.

At a glance
Concurrent program options

Students can choose to create their own concurrent degree combination to match their interests by working with their academic advisor during or after their first semester of study. Some concurrent combinations are not possible due to high levels of overlap in curriculum; students should speak with their academic advisor for more details.

This degree is also offered as a concurrent program with the following:

Accelerated program options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's plus master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Degree requirements

30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including a portfolio

Required Core (12 credit hours)
IEE 505 Information Systems Engineering (3) or IEE 506 Web-enabled Decision Support Systems (3)
IEE 545 Advanced Simulating Stochastic Systems (3) or IEE 561 Production Systems (3)
IEE 572 Design Engineering Experiments (3) or IEE 573 Reliability Engineering (3) or IEE 578 Regression Analysis (3)
IEE 574 Applied Deterministic Operations Research (3) or IEE 575 Applied Stochastic Operations Research Models (3)

Electives (12 or 18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (0 or 6 credit hours)
IEE 599 Thesis (6) or
portfolio (0)

Additional Curriculum Information
The Master of Science in industrial engineering is a 30 credit hour program with a thesis and a nonthesis track. The thesis track requires 24 credit hours of coursework, six credit hours of thesis, a written thesis and a final oral examination. The nonthesis track requires 30 credit hours of coursework and a portfolio. The thesis track includes 12 credit hours of electives, and the nonthesis track includes 18 credit hours of electives. Elective coursework includes IEE 500-level coursework and should be selected in consultation with the program advisor.

At the time of admission, students' applications are considered primarily for the nonthesis track. After matriculating at ASU, a student may consult with and receive approval from the industrial engineering faculty to pursue the thesis track.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts from all institutions attended
  3. a statement of purpose
  4. proof of English language proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency.

At the time of application, all applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of nine credit hours of calculus (Calculus I, II, III) with a grade of "C" (scale is 4.00 = "A") or higher.

A student with any deficiency coursework must complete each deficiency with a grade of "B" or better (scale is 4.00 = "A") within two semesters of admission to the program. Deficiency courses include:

CSE 110 Principles of Programming
CSE 205 Object-oriented Programming and Data Structures
IEE 376 Operations Research Deterministic Techniques/Applications
IEE 380 Probability and Statistics for Engineering Problem Solving
IEE 470 Stochastic Operations Research
MAT 242 Elementary Linear Algebra

Tuition information
When it comes to paying for higher education, everyone’s situation is different. Students can learn about ASU tuition and financial aid options to find out which will work best for them.
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ASU Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program’s ASU Online page for program descriptions and to request more information.

Application deadlines
Session A/CIn Person 01/15Final
Session A/COnline 01/15Final
Session A/CIn Person 09/15Final
Session A/COnline 09/15Final
Program learning outcomes

Program learning outcomes identify what a student will learn or be able to do upon completion of their program. This program has the following program outcomes:

  • Conduct advanced modeling from the fields of operations research and management information systems through the use of analysis tools at the MS level
  • Apply key theories and methods used in the field of industrial engineering to develop solutions.
  • Integrate learning to deliver an organized description of an industrial engineering solution.
Career opportunities

Industrial engineers integrate people, processes, equipment, information and systems to do things better. Industrial engineering graduates develop, implement and improve processes, operations and systems in industries for manufacturing, services, communications, agriculture or any other field.

Graduates of the Master of Science program in industrial engineering are well suited for careers in logistics, finance, defense, travel and health care.

Contact information
What are accelerated programs?
Accelerated programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor's degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

Accelerated master's

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies to earn a bachelor's plus a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Students typically receive approval to pursue the accelerated master’s during the junior year of their bachelor's degree program. Interested students can learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
What are concurrent programs?
Concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests, earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor.
What are joint programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a new program?
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What are online programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program)?
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) provides a reduced tuition rate to non-resident graduate students who qualify. Visit the WRGP/WICHE webpage for more information:

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